October 24, 2014

Watson wins second green jacket, Stricker struggles

Bubba Watson won his second green jacket in the last three years on Sunday, firing a final round 3-under par 69 to beat Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots.

Watson finished at 8-under-par 280 and earned more than $1.6 million for the win.  After his win, he spent time high-fiving fans around the 18th green before making his way to the clubhouse.

Spieth had a two-shot lead after seven holes but shot a 37 on the back nine to finish with an even par 72.  When Spieth needed to make putts, he failed, subsequently never really pushing Watson down the stretch.

Going into the 8th hole, Watson trailed by two strokes.  He birdied those holes and Spieth bogeyed both, giving Watson a 2-shot lead and he was on his way to victory.

AUDIO: Bubba Watson was playing Bubba Watson golf :19

AUDIO: Jordan Spieth is pleased with his play, but didn’t make putts :23

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker completed his 14th Masters Tournament with a final round three over par 75.  That left him in a tie for 31st at 5-over-par 293.

Stricker struggled with his driver and the new irons he picked up the week before the masters didn’t work very well for him either.

Stricker did tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would still like to make the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team but wants to stick to playing a part-time scheduled.

Stricker played in just 13 events last year and still made the U.S. Presidents Cup team.